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Meet the Cardrona Parks Squad ski coaches! The team is internationally flavoured, highly-qualified & includes some of New Zealand’s best freeski coaches.

Peter Legnavsky

Pete grew up in Poprad, Slovakia but has called Wanaka home for a long time now & considers himself an honorary half Kiwi. He is stoked whenever snow is falling & his dream skiing destination is Alaska. Pete is inspired by anyone who gives it 100% & his most memorable mountain moment is the Kaumatua opening the season at Cardrona last year.

Pete was a professional mogul athlete back in the day, but made the move into freeski coaching as the sport exploded in popularity. Pete has coached a large number of New Zealand athletes to the top of the sport who have become known on the international freeski stage. He has coached a few of the current HPC Parks Squad coaches & continues to work with high performance athletes as well as younger developing athletes. He has his Masters in Physical Education from the University of Commenius Bratislava, Slovakia. His countless seasons coaching freeskiing & his own personal competitive history make him an invaluable member of the HPC team. Pete loves coaching because he’s stoked to see athletes progress & he thinks a holistic approach to athlete development is of utmost importance.

Thanks to: Cardrona for providing world-class training facilities year in & year out.

Luke Hetzel

Luke grew up in San Luis Obispo in California but has been based between Mammoth Mountain & Cardrona for the last 3 years. Luke is stoked any time he gets to ski with a positive group of friends & his dream snowy destination is Japan to ski epic powder. He is inspired in life by anyone who is able to escape the grind & make a career for him or herself in the outdoor world. Those people are helping to make outdoor careers more & more accessible to each generation.

Luke studied Environmental Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara but he always had a strong pull towards living in the mountains. After his first season teaching skiing at Mammoth he was hooked & has been teaching & coaching for the last 6 seasons back to back. Luke loves to coach because of the satisfaction when you click with an athlete & are able to work really well together, & the resulting success an athlete has because of this amazing connection. He believes the most important element for an athlete’s development is trust in their coach.

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